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Monday, 25 July 2016

My dear friend Patti J (she who has the loveliest Seaview garden and who was the originator of the local garden tour) had asked me if I would take her to see that most glorious garden in Oysterville.  When Allan and I visited Ocean Park Debby last Wednesday, that news had already reached her, and she asked if she could come along.  Well, of course!  Lunch was planned as well, and we all had looked forward to the afternoon.

THE Oysterville Garden

Before we entered the garden, Debby admired the view across the road.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Debby was planning to paint that tree.

THE Oysterville garden. The stakes mark a new beech hedge.

The front lawn and boxwood hedge

The front lawn and boxwood hedge

on the other side of the driveway, a brick path through to the neighbours

on the other side of the driveway, a brick path through to the neighbours

boxwoods and Hydrangea paniculata

boxwoods and Hydrangea paniculata

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I say it every time....

I say it every time….

....This part of the garden makes me weepy.

….This part of the garden makes me weepy.

the clipped contrasting with the exuberant

the clipped contrasting with the exuberant

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on the terrace with Patti

on the terrace with Patti

Debby and Patti

Debby and Patti

On the terrace. Patti marveled at the Aeoniums.

On the terrace. Patti marveled at the Aeoniums.

Aeonium.

Aeonium

The shadow on the floor shows how the backs of the chairs echo the shape of the window.

Aeonium and boxwood admiration was the intent of this photo, but the shadow on the floor (lower left) shows how the backs of the chairs echo the shape of the window.

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onward down the south side: a pittosporum with black stems, white rose, Melianthus major leaves

view from the terrace: a pittosporum with black stems, white rose, Melianthus major leaves

other side of driveway: Helenium, and I think that is Crambe maritima in the lower left corner

other side of driveway: Helenium in the center, and I think that is Crambe maritima in the lower left corner

Enough wheelbarrows for the gardener and his helpers, Melissa and David and sometimes Todd, to move mulch together.

Enough wheelbarrows for the garden creator and his helpers, Melissa and David  and sometimes Todd, to all move mulch together.

At this point in our tour, Patti expressed amazement at the garden and I said, “You haven’t seen my favourite part yet!”  “There’s MORE?” she asked.

We greeted the owner and creator of the garden, who was painting in the garage; I made introductions.

outside the garage door

outside the garage door

Then we went round the corner to the hornbeam and hydrangea allée.

at the center of the allée of Hydrangea 'Incrediball'

at the center of the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’

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Our Patti in the hydrangea allée

Our Patti in the hydrangea allée

Hydrangea 'Incrediball'

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’

hornbeam arch at the far end of the allée

hornbeam arch at the west end of the allée

We explored the shade beds at the northwest area of the garden.

The lawn runs north south through the shade borders (Allan's photo)

The lawn runs north south through the shade borders (Allan’s photo)

Patti loved the size of the tree ferns in pots.

Patti loved the size of the tree ferns in pots.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We all clustered to admire this glowing rhododendron.

We all clustered to admire this glowing rhododendron.

Patti and I had a rest while Debby looked over the pumpkin patch.

Patti and I had a rest while Debby looked over the pumpkin patch.

sunburned hydrangea heads by the pumpkin patch

sunburned hydrangea heads by the pumpkin patch

Wayne was in attendance today.

Wayne was in attendance today.

I got to administer a belly rub.

I got to administer a belly rub.

Wayne

dear Wayne

around the corner to the big lawn

around the corner to the big lawn

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the north side

on the north side

the northern border

the northern border

Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)

Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)

front garden cardoons

front garden cardoons

Everyone loved the ruff of begonias in the big boxwood pot.

Everyone loved the ruff of begonias in the big boxwood pot.

Drumstick alliums have gone all purple now.

Drumstick alliums have gone all purple now.

looking north

looking north

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pink roses against the exquisitely pale pink house

pink ‘Queen Elizabeth’ roses against the exquisitely pale blush pink house

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boxwood and roses

looking north again

looking north again

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purple verbena bonariensis

purple Verbena bonariensis

We have much to say about the glories of the garden.

Debby and Patti and I have much to say about the glories of the garden.

in the front border

lilies in the front border

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

our Patti (Allan's photo)

our Patti (Allan’s photo)

sarracenia and matching gold leaved pelargoniums

sarracenia and matching gold leaved pelargoniums

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Patti at the front gate

Patti at the front gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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front walkway

front walkway

Thank you and goodbye till my next visit to this ever changing garden.

Bailey’s Café

We repaired to Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta where we continued to talk about the Oysterville garden, garden tours,  and gardening in general.  Crowded when we arrived, the café became almost empty as we lingered till closing time over a delicious lunch.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

My favourite is the pita tuna sandwich.

My favourite is the pita tuna sandwich.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

after the lunch crowd

after the lunch crowd

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Patti bought three small Eric Wiegardt paintings.

Patti bought three small Eric Wiegardt paintings.

outside, a mountain of oyster shells and a view to the Port of Nahcotta

outside, a mountain of oyster shells and a view to the Port of Nahcotta

...and the old pilings from the railway line

…and the old pilings from the railway line.

We drove our gardening friends home to their gardens.

Debby's front walkway in Ocean Park

Debby’s front walkway in Ocean Park

Back at home in my own garden, I gardened on into the evening with many deep thoughts about boxwoods, while Allan watered and weeded at the Ilwaco Community Building.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

rhodietour

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Nahcotta Rhododendron Garden

From the programme: “This 8 acre property, overlooking a large 1/2 acre natural pond was once the site of Hall’s Gardens, the former collectors nursery of Don and Marva Hall.  It is filled with mature specimens and trees, including many Rhododendrons.  Enjoy taking the path that meanders through the plantings around the water’s edge.  Stop by the deck overlooking the pond to meet the current owners and view the original plans of the garden, which include the identification of all of the plants.”

The pond is a glorious feature; If I could have any property on the Peninsula, I'd choose this one.

The pond is a glorious feature; If I could have any property on the Peninsula, I’d choose this one.

the entry gate

the entry gate

How I love the entry gate to this property.  It reminds me of the handsome screens and accents that I have seen in Portland gardens, especially the gardens done by Laura Crockett.

a long driveway lined with rhodos

a long driveway lined with rhodos

During my first few years living at the beach, I used to shop at Halls Gardens Nursery; the plants for sale were where those cars are parked.

During my first few years living at the beach, I used to shop at Halls Gardens Nursery; the plants for sale were where those cars are parked.

some flowers along the driveway

some flowers along the driveway

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driveway

driveway

Just past the car park area.

the end of the long driveway

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Below:  We could turn to our left and enter the garden on the home’s east side; instead, come with me as we go through a gate ahead of us and stroll around the pond.

through the gate

through the gate

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to the pond path

to the pond path

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red

Grassy paths also lead to the back garden of the house.

a tour guest (Allan's photo)

a tour guest (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

eucalyptus trunks

eucalyptus trunks

We duck underneath....

I duck underneath….

Allan walked around the pond in the other direction from me so he had a different angle on those eucalyptus trunks.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

To our left the pond view opens up.

To our left the pond view opens up.

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Rhododendrons line the path all the way around the pond.

Rhododendrons line the path all the way around the pond.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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We are now walking along the back (west) side of the pond.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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from west end of pond, looking east to the house

from west end of pond, looking east to the house

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The pond view comes and goes through trees on the shore.

The pond view comes and goes through trees on the shore.

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a wonderland of rhododendron blooms along the path

a wonderland of rhododendron blooms along the path

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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pond

rhodo

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We are now walking along the south side of the pond.

pond

 

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Enkianthus, one of my favourite shrubs.

Enkianthus, one of my favourite shrubs.

photo by MaryBeth Kelly

photo by MaryBeth Kelly

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We now leave the pondside and follow the path into glades of rhododendrons to the southeast side of the house.

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a magnolia just starting to open

a magnolia just starting to open

south side of house

south side of house

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a rhododendron with variegated leaves

a rhododendron with variegated leaves

peach

peachier

pink

pale

We are now wending our way through rhododendrons on the south side of the house toward the back lawn.

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These two photos provided by the owners of the property show the handsome decking that leads to the back lawn:

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lawn on the west side of the house

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the owners and one of their dogs, ready to greet guests

the owners and one of their dogs, ready to greet guests

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

near the deck

near the deck

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the owners and Cynthia Pride, one of the artists who painted in the gardens.

the owners and Cynthia Pride, one of the artists who painted in the gardens.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I admire the handsome boardwalks.

I admire the handsome boardwalks.

one of the hosts

one of the hosts

My black lab, Bertie Woofter, used to make that same face.

My black lab, Bertie Woofter, used to make that same face.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

some dog time, of course (Allan's photo)

some dog time, of course (Allan’s photo)

What a doggie paradise.  Bertie would have been swimming daily.

What a doggie paradise. Bertie would have been swimming daily.

Walking back to the entry gate...

Walking back to the entry gate…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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From the carpark area, let’s go in the path to the front of the house.

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Gunnera by little pond

Gunnera by little pond

beautiful pavers

beautiful pavers

front porch

front porch

window

 

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

 

Our Kathleen had gotten to this garden before we did and was just driving away when we arrived.  She took a gallery of flower portraits as she walked round the pond and gardens, and here they are:

photos and captions by Kathleen Shaw:

a lovely red

a lovely red

...and a lovely white!

…and a lovely white!

azaleas

azaleas

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Reminiscent of an orchid to me.

Reminiscent of an orchid to me.

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Kathleen had gone on ahead of us to the last garden, Klipsan Beach Cottages, and I texted her to tell them we were trying to get there.  Our plan to spend a couple of hours helping to host the garden had not worked out as there was so much to see along the way.  In fact, if we had stopped to photograph all the lovely roadside rhodies in the town of Nahcotta, we would not have made it to KBC at all.  As it was, we left the Nahcotta pond property with just forty five minutes left before the end of tour time.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

At ten thirty, Garden Tour Nancy picked me up at home and we headed off to tour most of the gardens that will be on this year’s July 19th peninsula garden tour. Our mission was to write garden descriptions and for me to take sneak peek teaser photos for the Facebook page.

Before our tour began, we visited Nancy’s friend Marla at her home in Nahcotta.

the gate to Marla's garden

the gate to Marla’s garden

Marla's newish yard is coming along and will be garden tour ready for next year, perhaps.

Marla’s newish yard is coming along and will be garden tour ready for next year, perhaps.

She decorated this porch gate with driftwood.

She decorated this porch gate with driftwood.

The gate is behind the trellis.

The gate is behind the trellis.

a bucolic birdhouse

a bucolic birdhouse

We made haste to the other side of the house, as we had been looking forward to seeing Marla’s new chicken coop and her chickens. I think Nancy told me there are 23!

chicken coop

chicken coop

I at first mistook the structure in front of the coop for a series of compost bins. Marla told me that they will be raised planters, with a wire mesh background for growing vines (peas or beans, I think).

She's just putting compost-y stuff in now to fill them up.

She’s just putting compost-y stuff in now to fill them up.

And here are some of the girls (and possibly one boy).

And here are some of the girls (and possibly one boy).

I got to go inside the coop, and there was an exodus of hens..

I got to go inside the coop, and there was an exodus of hens..

They all went into the wooden shelter.  Marla thinks the black one, front and center, is a rooster.

They all went into the wooden shelter. Marla thinks the black one, front and center, is a rooster.

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They soon overcame their anxiety and re-emerged into the outer pen.

They soon overcame their anxiety and re-emerged into the outer pen.

This one was my favourite.

This one was my favourite.

I was reminded of how as a child, my grandma and I would sometimes visit her sister, my great aunt Lou. Lou and Jack Plisko lived in a farm in Port Orchard; a dirt road called Plisko Lane bisected their property. I remember putting my hand under the feathery warm chest of a hen and collecting an egg. My cousin Linda, much older than I, had a horse named Red. She kept Red in a pasture on the other side of Plisko Lane from the old white farmhouse.

Here is how it looks now:

Great Aunt Lou's farm....now....

Great Aunt Lou’s farm….now….

Oh, how I have digressed.

Below, we look from Marla’s chicken coop area to the east and Willapa Bay.

 

bay view

bay view

The part of the fence that lets us see the view has tall posts for attaching deer-prevention see through wire later.

patio in back, with garage door:  We'll look out of that window later.

patio in back, with garage door: We’ll look out of that window later.

Gunnera...

Gunnera…

and a new house that fits well into the historic neighbourhood.

north side of the new house that fits well into the historic neighbourhood.

The porch wraps all the way around the south side.

Chairs facing east to the bay. The porch wraps all the way around the south side.

We went into the garage to get some chicken coop supplies, as Nancy is acquiring chickens of her own soon. Here’s the view from the garage window.

bay view over a clam cleaning sink

bay view over a clam cleaning sink

As we arrived, I had seen a sweet looking dog. Before we left, I got to meet her. I insisted; in fact I had a rather one track mind toward the end of our visit about this darling dog.

Here comes Elly down the stairs.

Here comes Elly down the stairs.

Ten months old, she was a birthday present for Marla's husband.

Ten months old, she was a birthday present for Marla’s husband.

I wish I could have a nice dog like this for a birthday present!

I wish I could have a nice dog like this for a birthday present!

Marla lives just north of the Charles Nelson Guesthouse. Before we drove away from our most enjoyable visit, I took a peek into the back entry of the B&B’s lovely garden. It has been on the peninsula garden tour before.

path to the B&B

path to the B&B

Next, some teaser photos from the garden pre-tour. But first (since I am writing this blog two days behind) is a photo that Garden Tour Nancy texted to me today:

Nancy's very own baby chickens!

Nancy’s very own baby chickens!

 

 

 

 

 

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